Questions, Auntie Janet and Jodie & the Rectangle

Here are a few things I never thought I’d say…

My eyebrows are still here!Β  Whilst most of my hair is disapearing, I still have my eyebrows and eyelashes. But, they have started itching and I see the odd brow hair fall in front of my eyeballs so I should appreciate them while I have them.

Why wont my hair fall out faster? Weird one hey? Well, most of my head hair is gone but there is this one shadow of spikes at the crown of my head and just to the left that keep growing. I told Dr Hands I was trying to decide weather to grow it into a nice long plait or have a hair cut. Decisions Decisions.

When did I last poop? I am a poopaholic and as regular as a rabbit. Until now that is. Thanks Chemo!

My missing boob hurts. Yep, that’s a comment I use a lot now and it always sounds strange to me.

Where is my boob? I usually put Dolly (my prosthetic friend) in her little home to keep her in a nice shape and easy to find but, on the odd occasion I have had a wee bit too much to drink, Dolly can find herself in some pretty strange places. That is not a good thing because I have two very playful dogs who, if they find Dolly, will probably rip her to shreds.

I’m not hungry. Look at the size of me, does it look like I say those words very often? This chemo bizzo could well do me a bit of good.

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Remember my post on my Auntie Janet who made me an entire blanket that is so colourful and amazing and everything, well this is my wonderful Auntie and myself about 8 or 9 years ago I think. πŸ™‚

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Auntie Janet and Me πŸ™‚

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On another note, I got the funniest card today with another gorgeous square that turned into a rectangle but I love it and I love it’s story. It came from a work friend Jodie. Now, the world knows we’ve had our ups and downs but it has been so lovely to have received messages from her and now this. I must say, it had me giggling. I hope you dont mind me sharing your words Jodie….

Hey Amanda,

Here is my ‘square’ at last. Well actually, it’s a rectangle or 2 squares in one!

The whole knitting thingy has been hilarious, so I think I need to share the story…..

Firstly I buy wool and needles from a reputable knitting shop ‘The Reject Shop’, get home, I can do this – I’ve knitted 100’s of times as a kid…. lol, where’s my mum or nanna to cast on … so, onto you tube to learn – done! I got so carried away casting on that when I was five rows in, I realised this is going to take forever because it’s too wide!!

Never mind, keep knitting, then one night I was so enthralled in my knitting until I came across a knot in the wool, then another so I pulled up the wool to find it attached to my ‘kitten’ Molly (molly is a maltese x by the way) who had managed to slobber, chew and tangle herself in wool so there is a bit of Molly in my ‘square’.

So, I lost interested and started a crochet rug… lol also learnt on you tube.

Early this week Lachlan (Jodies son) told me off for crocheting when I should be finishing off the square for the lady at work. He then suggested he learn and he’ll finish it. So, I thought him and the last few ‘holey’ rows are by Lachlan.

Last night decided if I wait for my square to be square it will be Xmas 2020!! so casted off (thanks to you tube) and here is my rectangle. (& Lauchie & Molly). Anyway, take care hon, hugs for Sam.

Always love, Jodie

Thank you so much Jodie…. love it πŸ™‚

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Chemo Number 3 is Done!

It doesn’t get any easier as each session passes and the next comes along. I was so nervous this morning and was feeling a bit nauseas. I even thought about calling in sick! The nurses thought that was quite funny at the thought of me calling in sick to chemo.

In any case, all went well as per usual. Sam answered all the questions for me, I can never remember what I have been through the previous three weeks. The days all just roll into one.

What made today even better was coming home to a sensationally clean house. Like, I mean, really really clean. Yep, my cleaner was back and had done another fantastic job. (Thanking that family of mine again!!).

So far, I am feeling all sterioded and Upped and fine. From memory, the previous two sessions saw me in bed pretty soon after getting home. Having said that, I haven’t eaten yet.

There was a little old lady having chemo next to me today and we were only separated by a curtain so I could listen to her conversations and the poor lady has so much difficulty eating that is often hospitalised for up to a week following her chemo. I felt so awful for her and seriously, that woman looked like a little bird, she was tiny and didn’t look like she could afford to skip a meal let alone lots of meals. Then I heard her ‘know it all’ daughter carry on to the nurse how she had cooked an amazing slow cooked lamb shank dish for dinner last night and her mother (the little bird) would have nothing to do with it. Well guess what daughter who ‘thinks’ she knows it all, if some one has difficulty swallowing (which is what the bird is struggling with as well as a loss of appetite), you would not serve them up lamb shanks! Geez, some people annoy me. If i could have given the bird some of my weight, I would have been more than happy to give her some.

Have I told you that I need an injection 24 hours after chemo every three weeks? Well, check out the price of it….

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I think that is about it for now. I haven’t been around much lately due to some virus that has kept me sleeping and resting a lot. Hopefully I’ll have some energy back soon.

25 Q&A All About Me

These questions were not chosen by me…..

  1. Who is your hero? – My hero is my Mum. She managed to give me the most amazing and wonderful childhood no matter what the situation. There were heaps of shitty and crappy times for her during my childhood but at the time, I had absolutely no idea of the struggles or sadness she was going through. I was happy, well cared for, clean and well fed. My Mum was and still is my Hero.
  2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Right where I am. In the beautiful small town of the Adelaide Hills called Meadows.
  3. What is your biggest fear? Losing a loved one. I have been very lucky to have kept the most amazing and loved ones near and close. I dread the day that ends …..
  4. What is your favorite family vacation? We don’t do family vacations but in my childhood – it was Easter camping with the family, Aunts and Uncles, cousins and family etc, all at the empty spot in Lamaroo.
  5. What would you change about yourself if you could? I would change the fact I am having to deal with Breast Cancer, Chemo and general blugh.
  6. What really makes you angry? Lies, I bloody bloody hate lies. Super duper hate them.
  7. What motivates you to work hard? Dependance. People depending on me to get the job done. That is what motivates me. Oh, and energy. I kinda need that too πŸ™‚
  8. What is your favorite thing about your career? It is a sole ownership job. I make the decision and it gets done. I don’t have anyone over my shoulder questioning my decision.
  9. What is your biggest complaint about your job? That I can’t work it right now (due to this whole cancer bizzo)
  10. What is your proudest accomplishment? Raising a daughter who is beautiful inside and out.
  11. What is your child’s proudest accomplishment? I am unsure of this answer.
  12. What is your favorite book to read? The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
  13. What makes you laugh the most? Sam Wilkinson (Dr Hands) The love of my life
  14. What was the last movie you went to? What did you think? Gone Girl. Loved it. Thank you Accalia and Stacey for taking me to see not only this movie but to see it in gold class!!
  15. What did you want to be when you were small? An Actress… A Model,… A Police Woman
  16. What does your child want to be when he/she grows up? When Accalia was little, she wanted to be a cartoon voice.
  17. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? 100% Healthy
  18. What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play? I used to love tennis and netball. I play neither now but if I could play 1, I would choose tennis.
  19. Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car? A horse I think. I drive a car a lot, a bike is too much energy while I fight this cancer bizzo so a horse would be a nice change.
  20. What would you sing at Karaoke night? Give me a bottle of bubbles and I am your singing superstar. I think I would attempt ‘Blinded By The Light’ – You just need to get your panadol ready πŸ™‚
  21. What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most? I choose between easy listening and the top 40 one.
  22. Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house? Can I chose to clean the fridge of the bubbles please? ok fine, I will vacuum because we have a new vacuum cleaner
  23. If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work? Well, thanks to my gorgeous cousins, I will soon have help to clean my house!! So yes, I chose the cleaning thank you
  24. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Oh wow, thats a hard one. I am thinking a Lobster salad but having seen Cast Away, I saw how quickly he got sick of seafood. Can one get sick of Lobster and because I chose Lobster Salad, that means I get lettuce and capers and tomato and cucumber and such right? Yeah, lets go with Lobster Salad.
  25. Who is your favorite author? Bryce Courtney before his divorce. I have nothing against his 2nd wife but his writing seemed to change after his 1st divorce. I love his books being The Potato Factory, Tandia, The Power Of One, Jessica etc. Once he moved on to wife number 2, his books didn’t captivate me as much but I still love him R.I.P.

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